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The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass

Sing a New Song Series

By Carol Barnett

(Vocal Score)
Sing a New Song Series. Composed by Carol Barnett. BH Large Choral. 88 pages. Boosey & Hawkes #M051478262. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48019834).

Item Number: HL.48019834

6.75x10.5 inches.

The solemnity of the classical-based Mass joins together with the down-home sparkle of bluegrass to create a work that is unique in scope, and a beautiful union of seemingly disparate musical traditions. The composer hopes that listeners coming from one tradition–classical or bluegrass–and perhaps dubious about the other, might discover something new and wonderful in the combination, as she has. Text by Marisha Chamberlain.

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  • 5

    Michael Pettersen
    Evanston Illinois
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  • 2010-12-13 00:00:00.0 Extraordinary Composition

    I performed this composition in March 2010 and May 2010, playing guitar in the five piece bluegrass ensemble that backs the chorus. This is one of the most moving and uplifting works of music that I have ever performed. It is not an easy work, particularly the numerous time signature...

    changes. The chorus must be skilled and comfortable with close harmony. The biggest problem is finding a bluegrass band that is comfortable reading difficult music. The guitar score is 30 pages and required many edits as the composer does not play guitar and did not notate the many musical quirks for bluegrass guitar. For example, some movements require the use of a capo in order to obtain the proper chord voicings on guitar. This work is highly recommended as is the commercial recording by Philip Brunelle.

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